IN THIS ISSUE

"Creating" Tomorrow's
History Today

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Youth & Young Adult

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Yolanda Lamar-Wilder
Businesswoman & Much
More!

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Mark Reedy The "Give
Back" Comedian

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Women Entrepreneurs of
America, Inc.
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Ford & Associates Helps
Promote Euclid Corridor
Project

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Rules for Living Your
Dreams and Obtaining
Success in Life

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Twinsburg Library
Cultural Encounters
Program
Cultural Encounters at The Twinsburg Public Library
Story by Laura Leonard of Twinsburg Library, Photos by Dianne Ford
    The month of February was one of recognizing the contributions of Africa and African-Americans to
the Twinsburg Community.  On February 3, Kulture Kids, an organization that promotes cultural
awareness to all peoples, presented two African-folktales. Robin Pease performed “Sparkly Skin” and
“Talk, Talk, Talk.” She also showed the children in attendance how to make a traditional Swahili
game, and taught them several words in Swahili.
    On February 5th, the world-traveled “Heritage Chorale” directed by Sylvia Perry entertained the
audience. The chorale performed traditional Negro spirituals and explained the significance of their
meanings to the young children in attendance. Storyteller, Sherrie Hewitt followed with a short story,
and the Mt. Olive Praise Dancers youth entertained with their demonstration of spiritual dance. Of
particular note was Howard Dunkins reenactment of a preacher calling his flock to repentance. Sista
Jewel from African Soul Dance brought several of her students to demonstrate traditional African
dance. The afternoon concluded with a sharing of food, typical of African-American meals, including
ribs, potato salad, sweet potatoes, greens, pound cake, pineapple upside down cake and much
more. Gionino’s and  Whitmore’s  were thanked  for helping with the refreshments and catering was
provided by the Soul of Literature Book Discussion group and Dorothy Dickson.
    Dr. Linda Crowell and the members of the Soul of Literature organized and planned the event
along with library staff.  Soul of Literature is a monthly book discussion group where African-American
contemporary and classic literature is discussed. Meetings are the first Monday of the month and are
held at the Library. The Friends of the Twinsburg Library fund the performances and catering for all
Cultural Encounters events. Cultural Encounters is a long-term effort by the library to introduce the
community to the diverse cultures that make up the Twinsburg School District. China was featured in
January, and an introduction to India will be held April 9th.

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